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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Fae Day

I have more to say about the Station Access price increase, but I'll save that for tomorrow as this news is fairly recent.

EQ2-Daily's always excellent news aggregator, we have this SOE E3 preview from Next Generation. Be sure to check it out.

Adventure Pack: The name is "The Fallen Dynasty" and the theme is Asian influenced. It sounds like it will be as least as robust as Splitpaw. "Veteran players will get to explore seven new areas, visit a new village, explore a new dungeon – there’s even talk of a forsaken city." There will obviously be new quests and items as well.

I like the idea of an Asian theme, which seems popular of late (
Guild Wars Factions). It will cover the 55 to 70 level range which may upset some lower level players. But I can tell you from experience that some max-level players are beginning to get burnt-out on KoS and could use some new content. I hope SOE continues to add more KoS content, as they have with the two new raid zones (it could use a few more solo quests as well). But an adventure pack for high level ranges would be nice.

I know some lower level players will be disappointed that the pack does not have anything for their level range. But as I've said before, there are issues with spreading the population out too much over too many zones. Even if you disagree with that statement, you will be happy to hear the expansion does have content for all levels.

Expansion: Named "Echoes of Faydwer," which is really not a surprise to anyone, the expansion will provide content for all levels and introduce a new playable race, the Fae. It will also have "twenty new zones, forty new creatures, 350 quests."

There are things you would expect like new items, skills, guild levels and housing options. There is also a mention of subclass specific Achievements, which would be very nice. I didn't see any mention of raising the level cap. The preview mentions "castles rife with vampires and neat arboreal cities."

So there you have it. I would say the introduction of a new race is probably the biggest news there. I'm sure we'll get more details as E3 rolls around, so I'll keep my eyes open.

The preview also covers Field Commander for the PSP, Untold Legends for the PS3 and the MMO Gods and Heroes. Wait a minute, SOE has an upcoming MMO named
Gods and Heroes? Ah, okay, I see they are only acting as a co-publisher. If you're interested it is set in the times of ancient Rome with a heavy dose of mythology and is apparently focused on action-oriented, squad-based combat.

Well, since I wrote this post, SOE has the official sites up: Echoes of Faydwer and The Fallen Dynasty. There's some good info up there. Of note from the Faydwer page:

The Fae will have a new starting city, Kelethin.

Not only wil new profession hats, armor and horse mounts be available but a new slot for cloaks will be added. Obtaining special cloaks for your guild is also mentioned.

Adornments which provide bonuses to tradeskill items.

A belief system which grants quests and "minor miracles" based on your chosen deity. I'm interested to hear more about this.

As for Fallen Dynasty, there is a mention of solo and small group quest lines in addition to the expected heroic and epic stuff.

So far, so good, I would say.


Blogger Anskiere said...

sounds promising.

Is it too early to feel giddy about new stuff?

9:32 PM  
Blogger cyan said...

Never too early.

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank god we get an adventure pack soon... im about to slit my virtual wrists over the claymore quest.

really excited about the expansion too!

10:06 AM  
Blogger Twodragons said...

Asian theme? How...uninspired. I hold EQ2 to be a fantasy game with it's own lore. I would like to see them stick to the lore and incorporate it better.

I can just see the Idea Team brainstorming out yellow stickies at a meeting. "Ok, ok, how about these Proposed Line-ups To-Be; Old West, World War II, and Roman? Good, eh? Original, eh? Tell the Graphics Team I need some non-fantasy already-done architecture done up, stat!"

The Belief system sounds interesting and a lean to the lore and mythos of the game.

Although I adore my flying carpet, I wouldn't mind being able to have some other kind of mount (sans horse).

11:00 AM  
Blogger Zygwen said...

The kobolds on Odus in EQ had asian themed equipment. KoS also has katanas. So there is a precedence for Asian themed content in EQ2. Monks with Martial arts are also asian themed. So I have no problem with that.

I wonder if we get to see people falling out of trees in Kelethin. :P

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I saw this I thought this was great! Look like a lot of fun and new stuff, Im tired of all the whining going on in MMORPg's.

I always say if you have a better game that your making in your basement please let me know when your push it out in beta.

There is always someone out ther saying ahh that has already been done they do that in .....

I love EQ2 fun game that is why i play it fun . Looks FUN is FUN.

When it stops being fun will stop playing.

Life it what you make of it ...

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great a new high level expansion. At the moment I am extremely discouraged at leveling my main (lvl 22) even up to 40...

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Great a new high level expansion. At the moment I am extremely discouraged at leveling my main (lvl 22) even up to 40...
What do you mean? Yes the AP is for 55-70(where there is a HUGE lack of content currently, but the expantion is for everyone 1-70. Also there are 2 other Adventure Packs out there Bloodlines(35-45 Group/epic) and Splitpaw (20-50 solo/group/epic). Not to menchine that until 50+ there are atleast 2 overland zones and 1 Dungon for every Tier.

6:56 PM  
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